There are a few editing software programs i could use for my project, and I had to compare them to see which one was the most suitable for me and work out which program to use to edit my webisodes.
Windows Movie Maker
Windows movie maker is a free program made by Microsoft. It is compatible with Windows PCs, of which I will be using. The main benefit as well the main issue with Movie Maker is the simplicity of it. It only allows the user to make the most basic of edits, such as minor audio editing, editing footage speed, adding in basic transitions and overlaying simple text over video. I think Windows Movie Maker will probably not be used in my webisodes, with the exception of me possibly needing to make a simple edit and fast. However even then, there is nothing really that this program can do that all others cannot do better.
iMovie is a video editing program made by Apple, for their desktops and laptops. While being more advanced than its rival counterpart, Windows Movie Maker, iMovie is still some of the more simplistic of the video editing software out there. However the main reason I would not use iMovie is comparability issues, since I do not own a Mac or Macbook, nor do I have easy access to either. Also Apple products prefer to save in a .mov file type, which isn’t very versatile and means I possibly couldn’t edit with multiple software. This is the program I will be least likely to use.
Sony Vegas Pro 13
Sony Vegas Pro 13 is, as the name suggests, a professional video editing piece of software. Sony Vegas is more advanced in what you can do with it, with features that others programs like iMovie don’t have, like BluRay authoring and the ability to edit with 3D effects, to name a few. Unlike the other products, Sony Vegas costs money, exactly £393.95. This is my reason for not using it, as I cannot afford the expense, and I have no familiarity with the software either, which could slow down the production process with me having to learn it.
Adobe Premiere CC 2015
Adobe Premiere (Creative Cloud 2015) is another video editing software produced by Adobe as part of their Creative Cloud package. Like Sony Vegas it costs more but has more features than the free software. It is different in that the method of payment is different, it is subscription based meaning I would pay monthly to use it, and when its cancelled I cannot use it anymore. This is more preferrable, since I could buy for a month or two for the project, which at £15.50 a month would mean I would only have to pay £31 max. Also I have access to computers in college with the software on, meaning I do not have to pay for it all. It also comes with other editing software, including audio editing software, all of which it is compatible with. On top of all this I have some experience with software, which makes this my prime choice for editing.
Adobe After Effects CC 2015
After Effects CC 2015 is a video compositing software, meaning it composites multiple pieces of media in a video, it also is very useful for creating appealing visual effects and animations and applying to an already existing video. It is not an editor and does not work effectively at editing and cutting a video project, it is better when there is finished project ad it can apply extra effects to it. For these reasons I may use it along with Premiere CC.
This is the storyboard I made initially after coming up with the concept of the video. The text reads:
- Presenter welcoming the audience with a greenscreen of a FPS
- Says something that segways into a clip of someone being shot in a FPS
- Shows classic shooter eg. DOOM
- Shows a modern shooter eg. CoD
- Shows the presenter and shows covers while explaining
- Side by side comparison
For my video, I had to decide what camera I was going to use. I didn’t have a lot of options, as I had 1 video camera, however I it was severely outdated and I could not come to find it. My other options were to use a phone. I had 2 available phones, a HTC One M8 and a Samsung Galaxy S5.
HTC One M8
- Dual 4 MegaPixel
- Can record 1080p at 60FPS, or 720p at 120FPS
- Secondary front camera can record 1080p 30FPS and is 5MegaPixel
Samsung Galaxy S5
- 16 MegaPixel
- Can record 2160p in 30FPS, 1080p at 60FPS, 720p at 120FPS
- Secondary front camera is 2MP and records 1080p 30FPS
Comparing the specs, the Samsung Galaxy was generally the better option, however the HTC was better at the front camera, but that remains irrelevant as I was going to use the better quality front camera on whatever phone I picked.
Looking at the images and sample videos, I decided because of the higher quality camera, to use the Samsung Galaxy S5.